Obituaries detail

Michael Willis Graybill
Jan 01, 1961 - Dec 31, 2021

Michael Willis Graybill, 60, of Lone Jack, MO, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 31, 2021.

 

Mike was born on January 1, 1961 to Keith and Lucy Graybill. He was the first baby born in Independence, MO that year. Unbeknownst to Mike, the man who would be his lifelong best friend, Duane Price, was born in the same hospital just a few hours before our favorite New Year’s baby.

 

Growing up in Independence, Mike was active in sports, playing football and wrestling through his days at Fort Osage High School. He played the tuba for the high school band and was active in Boy Scouts attaining the honor of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Fort Osage High School in 1979 and went on to earn his BA in Political Science from UMKC.

 

Mike married the love of his life, Renee Babcock, on August 29, 2009. The two of them together faced the blessings, challenges, and heartache life threw their way through their faith in God.

 

Mike’s favorite hobby frequently found him riding his Harley down any nearby winding road with his beloved wife Renee and often with a pack of family and friends.

 

Mike was a loving and loyal husband to his wife, a devoted father to his children, an affectionate grandfather, a cherished brother, and trusted friend to many. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Renee Graybill, children Sarah (Amine), Sydney and Armani Graybill, his grandchildren, Jaden (Ke’Azia) Ploeger, Amyah, Ayden, Zayd, and Amirah and one great grandchild Cattleya, his brothers Vern (Angie) Graybill, and Daryl Graybill, his sister Marcia Graybill (Jared), his daughter-in-law, Jami Graybill as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Lucy Graybill and his oldest son, Adam Graybill.

 

Mike’s abounding love can be seen in the cherished family he leaves behind, his church family, his co-workers, neighbors, and anyone who had the opportunity to be blessed by his friendship and his testimony of how God worked in his life. Mike was a double-lung transplant recipient on August 7, 2020. He had many challenges along the way, but was always ready to share the gospel and pray for those who cared for him throughout his recovery.

 

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. with a celebration of Mike’s life beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Journey Church International, 1601 SW MO Hwy 150, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

 Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

 

Additional Service:
Visitation
Location:
Journey Church International
Address:
1604 SW MO Hwy 150
City:
Lee's Summit
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64082
Date of Service:
Jan 15 ,2022
Time of Service:
9:45 am
Additional Information:

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. with a celebration of Mike’s life beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Journey Church International, 1601 SW MO Hwy 150, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

 Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Google Map:
Additional Service:
Celebration of Life
Location:
Journey Church International
Address:
1601 SW MO HWY 150
City:
Lee's Summit
State:
MIssouri
Zip Code:
64082
Date of Service:
Jan 15 ,2022
Time of Service:
11:00 am
Additional Information:

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. with a celebration of Mike’s life beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Journey Church International, 1601 SW MO Hwy 150, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

 Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Google Map:

Condolences

Kevin Mock Jan 07 ,2022

Friend ,Stilwell ,Kansas

I am so sad to hear about your loss and the loss of my good friend and mentor. I hadnt know Mike for very long, but we became close in a short period of time at Duranotic. Mike took me under his wing and helped me thru some tough times of my own. I will never forget his dedication to the Lord and his quick witted humor and hardy laugh. He will be greatly missed by all that really knew him. I will keep your family in my prayers. With Love, Kevin

Cathy Eichelkraut Jan 07 ,2022

Friend of Renee ,Lake Winnebago ,Missouri

When I was a young girl and lost my mother, out of anything else people said to me, my grandmother swooped me up in her arms telling me that God choses only the very best flowers for His garden. I can’t tell you how comforting that was while trying to make sense of it. Renee, I’m swooping you in my arms these days, because of Michael being one of the chosen. Please feel the comfort of all those loving you and your family.

Greg Carboneau Jan 07 ,2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

A life well lived, my heartfelt condolences to his family.

Sonny Hartman Jan 07 ,2022

Friend ,Lees Summit ,Missouri

Saddened to hear of Mikes passing. I met him at Church and we served together for a time on the next steps team. Mike was always such an amazing encouragement to me. In spite of his health circumstances he was always ready to pray for others and share what Jesus had shown him recently. Wish we could have logged a few miles together on the road, but I’ll look forward to seeing him again on heavenly highways. Praying for Renee and family during this time.

Brian, Val, Brenden and Ashtynn Jan 07 ,2022

Friend ,Kingsville ,Missouri

Mike will be greatly missed! We met Mike 10 years ago through Wrestling and the first time I met Mike I felt like I had a new friend for life. We were together a lot for several years through Bday parties and wrestling events and even when life pulled us in different directions we still found time to catch up. Mike had a warm welcoming smile and demeanor and a true faith that made you feel regardless of what health struggles he was going through, he was goin to be alright. I know you’re riding that Harley with the Angels and I’ll miss you Brother! Love, The Shepard’s

Nathan Jan 07 ,2022

Friend ,Blue Springs ,Missouri

Mike was a second dad to me, he used to take Adam and me to do everything like dirt bike, snowboarding, camping and the best football coach. He was the best. Love you Mike

The Dryer Family Jan 07 ,2022

Friend of Renee ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

We are so heartbroken to hear of Mike’s passing. Our children, Raleigh and Sully both have/had Renee as a teacher and have only heard wonderful things about Mike. Your families are in our prayers during this difficult time.

The Nitzsche’s Jan 09 ,2022

Friend/family ,Blue Springs ,Missouri

Mike “Uncle Mike” will be deeply missed. Sending many prayers to his family.

Cynthia Patience Jan 12 ,2022

Second cousin ,Independence ,Missouri

God bless you all at this sad time. May God's spirit surround you all and comfort you.